Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Warne and Prior Talk Ashes

asheshero.jpg

Aussie spin legend Shane Warne and English wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior argue the big issues. Starting, of course, with…

Are England going to spank Australia?

PRIOR: If we can win our fourth Ashes series in a row [after 2009, 2010-11 and 2013] we know we’d be making history. An England team hasn’t achieved that since the 19th century, so that is a huge motivation.

WARNE: No. I think Australia will win, for sure. The English are a hard team to beat but there’s still a few tough nuts on the Aussie side.

What will be the secret to success?

WARNE: England don’t fear Australia any more, so the first Test match is going to be absolutely crucial to the whole series. It’s important that Australia create some doubt in England’s mind as quickly as possible.

PRIOR: Fitness. We just did some fitness tests and most players came back with PBs in almost every facet of fitness. I have lost 9kg since the Ashes. I spend a lot of time cycling. We said we wanted to be the fittest England team ever to go to Australia and we are.

We don’t have a giant touchscreen like Sky Sports has, but can you identify the key battles?

PRIOR: I don’t like talking about individual players but I think Ryan Harris stood out as Australia’s key bowler in the summer. We will have to make sure we play him well this time around. Fortunately, we have excellent backroom staff to analyse opposition bowlers and batsman.

WARNE: There’s a lot of little battles, whether it be Watson vs Anderson or Pietersen vs Clark. Stuart Broad will obviously be coppered because he brings it on himself for the things he says. I mean, Stuart Broad is gonna absolutely cop it. On the Aussie side, if David Warner plays, he’ll probably be the villain again.

How big a part will sledging play in the series?

WARNE: I just think of it like WWE – it all adds to the entertainment. Slating can definitely work, but you have to pick your mark, get under their skin and never let it go. It can be as simple as a long lingering look with the intent of something. Rub them up the wrong way. If there’s no nibble, move on to the next guy. If the game wasn’t going the way I wanted it to, I’d pick a fight with the batsman just to fire myself up.

PRIOR: In the last Ashes down under, we embraced the hostility from the crowd. It’s important to laugh at yourself and not take any abuse seriously. If we start strongly, we’ll win the respect of the public – and they can soon turn on their own team.

The Ashes is live on Sky Sports from 21 November. Investec is the title sponsor of Test cricket in England; investec.co.uk/cricket

(Image: Action)

Related

crickethero.jpg

Worst Cricket Innings Ever

WarneMcGrathHERO.jpg

Top 10 Sporting Whitewashes

ashespic.jpg

The Ashes 2010/11: The series when the records tumbled

Comments

More

This topless man absolutely kicking off at Ascot is pure gold

The Queen was there!

by Alex Finnis
23 Jun 2017

Arsenal's press release for their new kit launch is very Arsenal

Why is it always Arsenal?

by Carl Anka
21 Jun 2017

10 of the greatest brawls in football history

Because secretly we all love them

by Tom Victor
19 Jun 2017

Can you beat 12/20 in this tricky Premier League shirt sponsors quiz?

Challenge your mates in the comments

by Tom Victor
19 Jun 2017

The outrageous price of ringside seats for Mayweather vs McGregor

"Money" Mayweather is certainly living up to his nickname

by Dave Fawbert
19 Jun 2017

Dramatic shake-up could see the end of the 90-minute football match

Does this actually make some sense?

by Tom Victor
19 Jun 2017

Fergie's team talk at Michael Carrick's testimonial is a must-watch

"Two centre backs, Ferdinand and Vidic...you can't play midfield"

by Matt Tate
16 Jun 2017

WWE is considering bringing Wrestlemania to London

It would be the first time ever

by Tom Victor
15 Jun 2017

Which animals would do better than McGregor against Mayweather?

McGregor is going to lose, but would he lose worse than an otter?

by Tom Victor
15 Jun 2017

IT'S ON: Mayweather v McGregor is 100% confirmed

The impossible fight is happening for real

by Alex Finnis
15 Jun 2017